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Celeb Spotting

Possibly the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan’s 29,000-square-foot estate near Chicago features a basketball court (of course) as well as a tennis court and putting green. Loads more info and pictures here. Bill Gates’ 40,000-square-foot mansion in…

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Saturday, 24th December 2005

Sea Lions, San Francisco

This is San Francisco’s popular tourist spot, Pier 39, and covering nearly every square inch of those floating docks in the harbour are hundreds upon hundreds of sea lions. The light coloured patch in the middle-left is the only bit…

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Wednesday, 14th December 2005

Marin Civic Center

This is the utterly bizarre-looking Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, Califoria. Designed by America’s most famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright (although it wasn’t completed until after his death in 1959), the building featured in George Lucas’ other movie, THX-1138,…

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Friday, 9th December 2005

Watts Towers

You can see the Watts Towers in the centre of our thumbnail with shadows extending to the north. Compared to some of the towers we’ve previously featured, they look a bit, well, crap. However, those other towers are all constructed…

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Thursday, 8th December 2005

Salvation Mountain & Slab City

Salvation Mountain is an ongoing project of Leonard Knight, who has built and hand decorated the 3-storey “mountain” (I think it’s really just a hill) for nearly two decades. The hill is created out of adobe, straw and many gallons…

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Wednesday, 30th November 2005

Iowa Class Battleships

The last battleships ever built by the United States are known as “Iowa class” and were named after the states of Missouri, Wisconsin, New Jersey and Iowa. The four ships were built in the 1940s and between them have served…

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Friday, 25th November 2005

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Trollstigen (Troll’s path)

In a country renowned for its natural beauty, one of the most spectacular landscapes is found along the Trollstigen (Troll’s…

Fill ‘er Up!

In the early days of mass automotive travel, fuel stations often resorted to some wacky gimmicks to differentiate themselves from the pack and lure in customers, such as novelty architecture that made the station building even more of a roadside attraction than the fuel they were selling. Today, many of these wacky 1930s-era stations are icons to thousands of visitors every year.

Google Snow View

Over the past few years Google has captured imagery of ski resorts and other snowy locations using Street View snowmobiles…

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